'Over 20 moles inside Vatican' says La Repubblica interview

Anonymous insider says 'time to talk' as conclave nears

'Over 20 moles inside Vatican' says La Repubblica interview

Rome, March 7 - An anonymous report of a group of over 20 moles planning to leak more information from inside the Vatican was circulating in Italian media on Thursday. "There are many, more than 20 people, all tied to the Holy See. We're made up of men and women, laypeople and prelates," an anonymous, self-proclaimed former mole said, according to an interview in Italian daily La Repubblica. Anonymous and unsourced reports from alleged insiders at the Vatican have been surfacing in Italian media in the weeks following the announcement of Benedict XVI's resignation on February 11. Many outlets have speculated that one motive for Benedict's abdication was the so-called Vatileaks case last year, when the pope's butler was arrested and eventually pardoned for leaking secret Church documents to the Italian press. "The butler isn't the only mole," the anonymous source said in the interview. "If we leaked documents from the pope's apartment, it was to create more transparency in the Church. Now, after Benedict XVI's resignation from the papacy, and on the verge of the conclave, the Vatileaks case will continue to take the spotlight. And for us, the moment has returned for us to talk," On Thursday, the last of the cardinal elector was expected to arrive in Rome, at which point they could choose a date for the conclave to name a new pope. (photo: archive picture of Benedict XVI and then butler Paolo Gabriele, left)

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